“In Athens, political leaders responded with alarm to the threats from northern Europe. Early yesterday, Venizelos said wealthier countries are “playing with fire” by toying with the idea of booting Greece out of the euro. The head of Greece’s second-biggest party, New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras, was dragged into another German-Greek spat when he was blamed by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble for holding up economic reforms. Samaras was defended by Karolos Papoulias, Greece’s largely ceremonial president, a veteran of the anti-Nazi resistance during World War II. “I don’t accept the ridiculing of my country by Mr. Schaeuble,” the 82-year-old Papoulias said in Athens. “I don’t accept it as a Greek. Who is Mr. Schaeuble to ridicule Greece? Who are the Dutch? Who are the Finns? We always had the pride to defend not just our own freedom, not just our own country, but the freedom of all of Europe.””, hoje na Bloomberg.